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Hebe is a genus of plants.

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Hebe is a genus of plants.

Overview of Hebe

• This is native to New Zealand.
• It has about 90 species in its genus.
• This is the largest plant genus in New Zealand.
• Only H. rapensis is one species that is endemic to Rapa.
• This genus is named after the Greek goddess of youth named Hebe.
• Hebe has leaves that are opposite and in four perpendicular rows of leaves.
• The flowers are perfect.
• These flowers are in a spiked inflorescence.
• These plants are shrubs that are dwarf sized to small trees.
• These plants can grow up to a height of 7 metres.
• These plants are distributed from coastal to alpine ecosystems.
• The leaves are large.
• Hebes attract butterflies.
• These plants are grown in gardens.
• Hebe grow in any of the soil types.
• They are grown from cuttings as well as seeds.
• There are 90-100 species in this genus.

These include:
• Hebe acutiflora
• Hebe albicans
• Hebe amplexicaulis
• Hebe armstrongii
• Hebe barkeri
• Hebe brachysiphon
• Hebe breviracemosa
• Hebe brevifolia
• Hebe buchananii
• Hebe canterburiensis
• Hebe carnosula
• Hebe chathamica
• Hebe cheesmannii
• Hebe ciliolata
• Hebe colensoi
• Hebe cupressoides
• Hebe decumbens
• Hebe dieffenbachii
• Hebe diosmifolia
• Hebe elliptica
• Hebe epacridea

Scientific classification for Hebe

• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Eudicots
• (unranked) : Asterids
• Order : Lamiales
• Family : Plantaginaceae
• Genus : Hebe

Growing/Caring conditions

• This plant is not attacked by many pests.
• This plant likes light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils but can tolerate any soil.
• It prefers well-drained soil.
• It cannot grow in the shade.
• The soil pH should be acidic that is less than 6.8.
• It likes dry soils to moderate moisture.
• The soil can be rocky or sandy.
• The plant is propagated by seed.
• Sow the seed in fall or spring.
• Stratify the seeds for ten weeks at 40 degrees.
• Plant the seedlings.
• Space the plants to 18 to 24 inches.
• The hairs of the plants can spread through winds.

• This plant requires Full sun to partial shade.
• It likes dry soils to moderate moisture.
• The soil can be rocky or sandy.
• The soil pH should be acidic that is less than 6.8.
• These trees are resistant to insects and disease.
• Treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.
• Avoid insect or disease problems occur.
• Choose a different spot each year to avoid the risk of Wilt disease.
• Avoid over-watering the plant as this can cause rotting of the plant.
• Be careful of the spread of hairs around, as some can be allergenic to it.

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